Producers of "The American Bible Challenge" TV game show have teamed up with the popular Bible App by YouVersion to provide polling data, study and reference for teams for the show's second season.
Hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, the GSN entertainment company show features three teams being tested for their Bible knowledge and winning money for their favorite charities. Joining the show for the second season as musical co-host is nine-time Grammy winner Kirk Franklin who leads the show's gospel choir.
YouVersion draws upon its vast community to provide the polling data for a new show challenge focused on Bible interpretation. In this segment, contestants are asked to correctly estimate how people responded to questions about Bible passages or what they would do in similar situations. As well, when the teams prepare for their intense final round, they'll rely on the Bible App for study and reference. The Bible App offers over 400 versions of the Bible in more than 200 languages. more >>
The textbook publisher behind what has been labeled the "stomp on Jesus" lesson taught by a Florida Atlantic University professor said that the idea behind the exercise has been misrepresented by the media.
"We are aware of the controversy over the use of a suggested exercise in the Instructor's Manual for Neuliep's Intercultural Communication: A Contextual Approach at Florida Atlantic University," a spokesperson from SAGE Publications told The Christian Post in an email on Tuesday.
"While we are not able to comment on this specific case, we do believe that some of the coverage has misrepresented the purpose of the exercise – which has been used by the author in his classes for over 30 years – to help students understand the often powerful meaning to people of symbols and to stimulate respectful discussion around this," the spokesperson continued. more >>
Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias recently discussed the ramifications of social media on society and implied that the Internet phenomenon was like the Tower of Babel from the Bible.
He began his discussion of social media that is posted in a video at ChurchLeaders.com by answering the question, "Isn't Facebook bad?"
"I think that's a great question and I frankly think it is an enormously vital phenomenon," Zacharias said. "Most of us, particularly my generation, do not fully understand it because many in my vintage will not often use it to its full extent. I don't even understand the ramifications of it sometimes, but I will tell you what, we've watched recent movements in continents and sub-continents, watched demagogues overthrown, watched systems changed, [and] watched revolutions begin." more >>
A transgender teen who was born male but insists he is a female, cried foul last week when all-female Smith College twice rejected his application for admission to the institution because of his male genitalia.
The teen, Calliope Wong, 17, a senior at Amity Regional Senior High School in Connecticut, took to his blog last summer when Smith first declined his application because he isn't biologically a female. In order to be recognized as a female, Wong must first perform gender reassignment surgery, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.
But in a defiant and seemingly quixotic appeal on his blog, Wong railed against the school's rejection and incorrectly identifies himself as a transexual girl. A transexual is a person who has undergone gender reassignment surgery, which Wong has yet to do. more >>
Liberty University has announced that for the first time in its 42-year history a woman will be the keynote speaker at its commencement ceremony, with the evangelical Christian college revealing Sunday that Fox News correspondent Shannon Bream will take the stage one day after evangelical Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias speaks at the baccalaureate ceremony.
"So humbled and thrilled to be speaking at @LibertyU commencement – can't wait to see our amazing grads and their loved ones!" Bream tweeted Monday. Bream, who covers mostly Supreme Court issues for Fox News, graduated from the Lynchburg, Va., university in 1993.
Bream also is the first Liberty University graduate to speak at commencement, although she previously addressed students at the Christian school during a 2009 convocation. The Fox News reporter, who joined the network in 2007 and is based in Washington, D.C., holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree that she earned at Florida State University College of Law. more >>
A Florida academic institution has put a professor who told his students to write "Jesus" on a piece of paper and stomp on it on administrative leave.
Florida Atlantic University announced Friday that Dr. Deandre Poole, the professor at the center of the controversy, was placed on leave for safety reasons.
"As a result of the reaction to a recent exercise in Dr. Poole's intercultural communications class, the instructor's personal safety has been compromised," said the university in a statement. more >>